Listen to bestselling author of the book 13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher, on Thursday, Oct 12 at 9am, 10:30am or 7pm in Marvin Auditorium. Asher will also sign books from 5:45 to 6:45 pm.
Asher will discuss why he began writing, dealing with rejection, the editing process and reader reactions. He will also discuss cover design, co-authoring, having a book adapted as a Netflix series and the importance of using fiction to talk about uncomfortable subjects.
The book 13 Reasons Why tells the story of a high school student who committed suicide. According to the CDC suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 12 to 18 and college-age youth.
Steve Christenberry, Shawnee County Suicide Prevention Coalition Board Secretary said, “We advise that parents watch the Netflix series with their child in order to observe the youth’s response and discuss reactions. Similarly, if the youth is reading the book, we advise that the parent also read it so they can discuss with the youth.”
The coalition recommends the following resources for teen suicide prevention: Suicide Lifeline 24/7 Hotline 800-273-8255 or Text Help to 741741, Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, community mental health centers, other local mental health providers, faith community, support groups and school personnel.
Asher’s books may be purchased in the library’s rotunda from Barnes & Noble Booksellers before each presentation. (Paperbacks of 13 Reasons Why and The Future of Us are $13 each.) Asher will not have time to sign books at the morning sessions.